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236

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The Coastal Challenge

10-Feb-2019 San José, Costa Rica

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160

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The Everest Trail Race

04-Nov-2018 Lukhla, Nepal

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TIMED

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200

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The Namibia Crossing Wildrun®

16-Jun-2019 /Ai/Ais- Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, South Africa & Namibia

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250

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Marathon des Sables

05-Apr-2019 Merzouga, Morocco

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What is Metatarsalgia and how to treat it

By Karina Teahan

Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury in runners. It is a general name describing pain under the heads of your metatarsal bones. This is an area on the sole of your foot, often referred to as the “ball” of your foot.

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MdS SOS, how to chew the elephant

By Andy Mouncey

It’s around this time of year that one particular group of emails start arriving: ‘Hello. I’m entered for the Marathon Des Sables next year and I’m a bit worried ‘cos it’s now 5-4-3 months to go and I haven’t really started training / I keep getting injured / looks like everyone else is doing way more than me…

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Race nerves and how to cope with them

By Sarah Cooke

Before writing this article, I asked some of my running friends and coaching clients about their experiences of race-related anxiety. None of these runners identified themselves as having an anxiety disorder or as suffering with debilitating nerves on race day.

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PHD Hispar 500 Down Sleeping Bag K Series Review

By Alice Morrison

PHD are leaders in the field for making excellent weight-to-warmth ratio sleeping bags and sleeping systems. How much warmth you need at night is a personal thing although some races do specify a minimum weight/specification.

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solmol

Soria Moria til Verdens Ende

2018, 100 miles, a well organized race with a personal touch. Starts with a great view, high above Oslo, runs through outskirts of cities and towns, through woods and recreation areas and ends on a beautiful coast, the end of the world (the meaning of Verdens Ende). Good choice of food and for d...

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Oman by UTMB®

This is a very well organized but true challenge, in a Grand Canyon like environment. Parts of the trail on exposed edges and cliff shelves, not for the faint hearted and only short distances invite for running. Well marked route, day and night, and plenty of choices to eat and drink at the check...

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Jim

Coastal Trail Series - Dorset (CTS) (/Events/Coastal Trail Series - Dorset

Fantastic route, depending on your distance. Staff are very friendly. Endurance Life cater for 10k, Half, Marathon, Ultra and Ultra Plus, which is obviously a very difficult thing to do. The Marathon makes good use of the whole course without any repetition, but any of the longer distances requir...

Alfie

Oman by UTMB®

Great organisation, spectacular scenery, highly technical course.

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Burgessking1

Hurtwood 50k Endurance Run

What a fantastic event. The volunteers, organisers, facilities, marking and brutal hills. A fab medal and Cotton Tee (although I'm not on for Tees as Environment and all that) This event caters for all levels with a good cut off and all in all a great team behind this one. I definitely recommend ...

TommyTrancePants

The Black Mountains

Incredible. It takes a special kind of person to stand out in the freezing rain to Marshall these events. But they were fantastic. Was a well organized event. In a beautiful location.

Peter Telford

Hurtwood 50k Endurance Run

This is an excellent event - well organised, well marked and brilliant marshals. The pre-race information was well structured, timely and answered all the questions you could expect. The pre-race logistics were well organised and then we were off - running down Dorking high street with marshals c...

mibamse

Bad Apple Ultra Run

2017 I ran Bad Apple Ultra in 2017 (and also 2015 and 2016). This is a great, low key race. It's a 4 mile loop around and through an apple orchard. You run on grass, dirt road and single trail. Mostly flat. The race organizer, his family and volunteers are all awesome, cheering you on for 12+ hou...

   

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Top 10 Xmas gifts for Her

By Alice Morrison

I love men with all their strange ways and dangly bits but I have to say that – and I am truly sorry to be so stereotypically sexist in these gender fluid days – man’s ability to buy gifts for woman is often ….. variable.

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Him

By James Eacott

It’s that time of year again. #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday and #GoNutsWednesday are all behind us. But you still don’t have a present for your trail running significant other.

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What goes on in your head during your first 100 miler?

By Stephen O’Hara

Firstly, there is a shed load of information available about how to run an ultra. If you are a methodical detail-oriented type then you can spend a few hours (or months in my case) googling (other search engines are available...I think) and preparing your own ‘How to’ guide.

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Damian Hall and Beth Pascall attempt Cape Wrath FKT

By Alice Morrison

On December 8th Damian Hall and Beth Pascall will be starting their quest to get the fastest known (FKT) time for the Cape Wrath Trail which starts in Fort William and goes to the north-western tip of Scotland, Cape Wrath, over 230 miles of rugged Scottish countryside.

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Shortlist for RunUltra Instagrammer of the Year Award 2019

By Kathryn Bullock

Thank you to everyone who nominated an Instagrammer for our #RunUltraAward. Read about how we chose the shortlist and vote for your favourite Instagrammer. All voters have the chance to win a Suunto 9 watch too! 

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A special Christmas treat and opportunity for you.  For the month of December we’re going to award this fabulous prize of Kilian’s Jornet’s Summits of My Life book for the best kit or race review posted on RunUltra’s website before midnight December 31st, 2018.  

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robstent

New to Ultra running

I’m hoping to do my first 50km mountain race here in New Zealand in March 2019. Firstly I have become pretty confused at the myriad of training plans out there (different ideas from different so called experts)so could anyone direct me to a good basic plan I can work from? Secondly, any recommendations on brands of shoes that would be ideal for this race? Cheers

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Run Ultra Instagrammer Awards 2019

Hi RunUltra Community, This year, we are on the look out for the best Instagrammer of the long-distance running world. Welcome to the 2019 RunUltra Instagrammer Awards in association with Suunto. This will have a similar format to the Blogger Awards of previous years, and there will be a Suunto 9 watch up for grabs for you, the voters. Once the voting phase has finished, a voter will be chosen by a random number generator to receive this prize. In addition, the overall winner will receive a Suunto 9 Baro Black GPS sports watch. We have started the list of nominees with some people that we already know are sharing their joy of running and ultras through Instagram. We need to know who you think should be added to the list. You can enter your nominees (it's fine to nominate yourself) in the comments section of our Instagrammer Awards news article here: http://www.runultra.co.uk/News/October-2018/The-search-for-the-best-running-Instagrammer-world Please also share the news on Social media using the hashtag #RunUltraAward You will need to log in or register to make a nomination. You can find our guide to the awards and FAQs here: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/October-2018/Guide-to-our-RunUltra-Instagrammer-Awards-2019 Nominations must be received by 25th November. We will release a shortlist ready for you to start voting on 1st December. Voting closes on 13th January, and the overall and category winners will be announced on 16th January. Please feel free to post any questions about the awards here and good luck to anyone nominated! Sarah RunUltra Social Community Manager

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Gold Coast 50

Gold Coast 50 describes itself as 'Australia's most spectacular 50km road race' (there are also, 30km, 15km, 5km and relay options). It is run on the roads and footpaths adjacent to the Gola Coast coastline of Queensland. The 50km event is an out and back from Kurrawa to Coolangatta. It starts at 5am local time on Sunday (Saturday morning, UK time) - this is Australia's summer and the temperatures are likely to soar as the day goes on. The current course records are held by Vlad Shatrov (3:09:34 in 2017) and Elkie Belcher (3:35:47 in 2016). The event has two patrons - Steve Moneghetti and Gary Parsons. Amongst a huge number of other running achievements, Steve ran the Berlin Marathon 1990 in 2:08:16, making him Australia's fastest marathoner at the time. He also won the 1994 Commonwealth Games marathon. Gary's achievements include winning the World 1000 mile track championships in 1994 and 1996, breaking a string of World Records. He also holds the record for the furthest/fastest continuous run - 19,030km over 274 days - this broke four World Records. Good luck to everyone running.

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Wicklow Way 100 & 50 Mile

The Wicklow Way races are one of the last opportunities in the calendar to acquire UTMB points. The 100 mile event starts at 2pm on Friday in St. Columba's College Grounds, Dublin. This is an out and back version of the 50 mile route - entrants run on the Wicklow Way to Shielstown Forest and back. The 50 mile event starts at Shielstown Forest at 7am on Saturday. Storms are forecast for Ireland this weekend, which could make for some very wet and muddy running. The Wicklow Way offers a mix of terrain - mud, lots of rocks, flat fast trail, technical trail, fast descents, scenic uphills, river, heather and more besides. The cut-off for the 50 miler is 15 hours. For the 100 miler, it is 36 hours. This will be a long day or two, but entrants will be rewarded with the views across some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery. There are some great names running the 100 miler this year, including Florent Bouguin, Patrycja Bereznowska and Cate Airoldi. We do not yet have any runner reviews of this event, so if you are taking part (or have in the past), we would love to hear what you think: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/Wicklow-Way-100#reviewSection Good luck everyone!

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GlobalLimits Cambodia - The Ancient Khmer Path

GlobalLimits Cambodia is a 220km/137 mile 6-stage race starting in a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh and finishing in front of the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. Runners camp in ancient temples used in the filming of 'Indiana Jones', run through aboriginal villages and take in spectacular waterfalls. They can expect temperatures ranging from 22-30 degrees C. One of this year's competitors is Great Britain's Kevin Webber. Kevin has terminal prostate cancer and has raised over £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing over 30 marathons and other challenges. Alice Morrison interviewed him for Run Ultra following his completion of Marathon des Sables: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/May-2017/Running-with-terminal-cancer-Q-A-with-the-inspirat Runners arrive in Phnom Penh on Friday 30th November and head to their first camp for race briefings and checks on 1st December. The race begins on Sunday 2nd December. The stages are as follows: Sun 02/12 - Stage 1: 30.6km Mon 03/12 - Stage 2: 36.0km Tues 04/12 - Stage 3: 62.2km Wed 05/12 - Stage 4: 29.7km Thurs 06/12 - Stage 5: 45.1km Fri 07/12 - Stage 6: 16.6km

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Santa Virtual Ultra Challenge

The Santa Virtual Ultra Challenge is open to runners from all countries. You don't have to travel to a race and you can choose the route and terrain. If you fancy an incentive to get yourself moving through December, then this could be for you. The challenge runs from 1st December to 24th December and is organised by XNRG in association with Run Ultra. Entrants join a virtual community and can link their GPS watch/Fitbit/Strava account to the challenge. The data automatically uploads, and there are a range of prizes available: Challenge 1: Run or walk a minimum of 50km in a single day during the challenge period to receive a medal and buff. Challenge 2: Run or walk as many miles as you can in a single day. Challenge 3: Run or walk as many miles as you can over the full 24 days. There will also be additional prizes - for example for best photos and fancy dress. If you have entered the challenge, then we would be interested to know where you are running, how far and how you are getting into the festive running spirit. Enjoy!

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Andy64

Pennine barrier

As anyone first hand experience of doing the Pennine Barrier 50, how would you rate this race overall from running it and organisation

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SarahCrunning

Might Contain Nuts - Winter Event

Might Contain Nuts offers runners the chance to experience the Brecon Beacons National Park in winter. The ultra is around 40 miles, and there is a also a marathon and half-marathon. The Brecon Beacons are not easy running in any weather, and the weather this weekend is forecast to be wet and windy. It will be cold on the high ground, with the possibility of snow. For a well-equipped mountain runner, the views from the tops in the snow are sensational. Good luck if you are running. Our runner reviewers all praised the organisation of the event, and it would be great to get some more reviews from this year's entrants: https://www.runultra.co.uk/Events/might-contain-nuts-winter#reviewSection

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